The Aesthetics of Nostalgia: Historical Representation in Old English Verse

Front Cover
University of Toronto Press, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 296 pages
0 Reviews

Heroic poetry was central to the construction of Anglo-Saxon values, beliefs, and community identity and its subject matter is often analyzed as a window into Anglo-Saxon life. However, these poems are works of art as well as vehicles for ideology. Aesthetics of Nostalgia reads Anglo-Saxon historical verse in terms of how its aesthetic form interacted with the culture and politics of the period.

Examining the distinctive poetic techniques found in vernacular historic poetry, Renée R. Trilling argues that the literary construction of heroic poetry promoted specific kinds of historical understanding in early medieval England, distinct from linear and teleological perceptions of the past. The Aesthetics of Nostalgia surveys Anglo-Saxon literary culture from the age of Bede to the decades following the Norman Conquest in order to explore its cultural impact through both its content and its form.

  

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Art and History in Old English Heroic Poetry
28
Origins of the Present in AngloSaxon Biblical Verse
64
Verse Memorials and the Viking Conflict
125
The Canonical Verse of the AngloSaxon
175
Changing the Shape
214
The Past in the Present
253
Index
287
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Renée R. Trilling is an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Illinois.

Bibliographic information